Configuring ADFS Servers for Success and Failure Auditing of User Logon Events

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Below is the information needed for auditing success and failure logon events in an ADFS Server Farm (Check out our Identity Cloud Solutions for additional consulting help)

Configure ADFS Event Logging

You can configure event logging on federation servers, federation server proxies, and Web servers. ADFS events are logged in the Application event log and the Security event log.


You must turn on audit object access at each of the federation servers, for ADFS-related audits to appear in the Security log. This will allow the Federation Service to log either success or failure errors. For more information about how to turn on audit object access, see Audit object access (


Default Events for Claims-aware Applications on a Web Server

You will notice the following event if the ADFS Web server is able to retrieve ADFS trust information successfully from the Federation Service.

Event Type:Information

Event Source:ADFS

Event Category:None

Event ID:621


Time:4:09:26 PM




The ADFS Web Agent for claims-aware applications successfully retrieved trust information from the Federation Service. 

GUID: d977fee6-175b-4532-bc24-5ac54d137d57 

Version: 17 

Federation Service Uniform Resource Locator (URL): 

Federation Service Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): urn:federation:treyresearch 

Federation Service Endpoint URL: 

Federation Service Domain Account: TREYRESEARCH0ADFSRESOURCE$

You will also see the following event below in the Security log.

Event Type:Success Audit

Event Source:ADFS ASP.NET Module Auditor

Event Category:Object Access 

Event ID:560


Time:4:10:11 PM




The client presented a valid inbound token as evidence. 

Token ID: _ad5a3694-860d-4063-95a3-3b0163fad3ca 


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